Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver often caused by different viruses (hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C). Drug or alcohol use can also cause hepatitis. In other cases, your body mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the liver. Some forms of hepatitis are mild, while others can be serious and lead to liver cancer or scarring.
Symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dark-colored urine and pale bowel movements
- Stomach pain
- Jaundice, yellowing of skin and eyes
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How is Hepatitis Diagnosed?
- Hepatitis A. Blood tests
- Hepatitis B. Blood tests, or a liver biopsy if Dr. Bhatti suspects chronic hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C. Blood tests, or a liver biopsy if Dr. Bhatti suspects chronic hepatitis C
How is Hepatitis Treated?
Depending upon the results of your blood test, Dr. Bhatti will determine the best treatment for you.
Hepatitis A usually gets better in a few weeks without treatment. However, some people can have symptoms for up to 6 months. If so, Dr. Bhatti may suggest medicines to help relieve your symptoms. If symptoms persist after 6 months, then you should see your doctor again.
When you recover, your body will have learned to fight off a future hepatitis A infection. However, you can still get other kinds of hepatitis.
Hepatitis B is not usually treated unless it becomes chronic. Chronic hepatitis B is treated with medicines that slow or stop the virus from damaging the liver.
Hepatitis C is also usually not treated unless it becomes chronic. Chronic hepatitis C is treated with medicines that slow or stop the virus from damaging the liver. Dr. bhatti will closely monitor your symptoms and schedule regular blood tests to make sure the treatment is working.